sim card registration.jpgThe Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has extended the cut off date for the sim card registration exercise to the 28th of February 2011 to allow all mobile phone subscribers to register with their operators.



The sim card registration deadline extension follows the low response by mobile subscribers to comply with the regulatory authority’s directive which had compelled all mobile phone subscribers to register their lines before the 31st of August this year.


Difficulties in accessing remote areas, data capturing and verification backlogs also impeded on the completion of the exercise which began in February. 


Figures revealed by POTRAZ show that 3 860 000 mobile phone subscribers out of 6 470 000 subscribers which reflect 60% of mobile phone users in Zimbabwe have registered to date while 2 610 000  are yet to register.


Briefing the media, POTRAZ Director General, Engineer Charles Sibanda said call and sms restriction measures will be instituted in January for all unregistered subscribers pending disconnection without notice by the 28th February 2011.


“Operators who fail to comply with the requirement to register their subscribers by the extended deadline will be liable to heavy penalties.


“In the event of a subscriber engaging in any illegal activities when that subscriber is not registered the operator will be held responsible,” said Sibanda.


Engineer Sibanda said the purpose of the exercise is improve public and national security, combat criminal activities and abuse of mobile phones by errant individuals and communication of falsehoods that may cause alarm and despondence among other factors.


He dismissed the notion that there are any sinister motives behind the measure. The number of cellphone subscribers in the country increased rapidly since 2009 from under 2 million subscribers and now stands at 6.4 million.